Carrollwood Day School has three full time counselors to meet the needs of the various age levels, as well as a college counseling department for upper school. The Counseling Department focuses on the whole child by addressing their social, emotional, physical, and intellectual well-being. Counselors provide support for short-term social-emotional issues and, when necessary, provide outside referrals to support long-term needs. Research shows that the emotional intelligence of the child significantly impacts both their academics and personal success; CDS counselors are here to provide support across all areas through individual and small group counseling, classroom interventions and large group prevention education.

CDS counselors also provide support for parents through individual consultations and parenting workshops.  Workshops are often parent driven and your suggestions for topics are encouraged.  CDS counselors also serve as part of your child’s academic team; if you have any concerns about your child’s transition to our school, adjustment to a new grade level, social concerns, academic performance, or overall well being, please contact your child’s counselor. We look forward to working with you to create a supportive environment enabling each student to reach his/her potential through their years at CDS at beyond.

CDS Counseling Mission

CDS Counselors aim to foster a culture of connectedness where students develop the essential skills of resilience, empathy, and mindful leadership.

CDS Counseling Philosophy

The Counseling Department at CDS provides a comprehensive school-counseling program. We aim to provide thoughtful, sequential programming that is preventative, proactive, and developmental in nature.  CDS counselors collaborate with other educators to create an environment that promotes school success and a character-centered culture.

The school counselors help students:

  • Learn to take responsibility for their behavior and learning
  • Develop healthy decision-making skills
  • Resolve social conflict through positive coping skills
  • Identify personal areas of strength and weakness
  • Integrate their ability to think and feel with their ability to take action
  • Explore choices in their everyday lives that will help them to take an active, positive role in the shaping of their own future

Components of the counseling program:

  • Individual/Group Meetings
  • Preventative Instruction
  • Support IB curriculum and Learner Profile
  • Parent Workshops/Education
  • Parent Consultation
  • Academic Student Planning
  • Collaborate with Grade Level Teams
  • Consultation with faculty
  • Administrative/Admissions Consultation
  • Crisis Intervention/Management
  • Referral Source

Preventative programs:

  • Transition Programs
  • Advisory/Homeroom & Curriculum Based Character Development
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Strategies for Learning
  • Social Skills
  • Mediation/Conflict Resolution
  • Individual/Group Counseling
  • Middle School and Upper School Advisory Boards
  • Stress Management and Mindfulness Training
  • Parent Consultation
  • Character Education

Helpful Links and Resources

Emotional Health and Resiliency:

Making Caring Common Initiative
Carol Dweck’s Mindset
Science of a meaningful life
Science of psychology and the art of being human


Multiple mindfulness resources
Mindfulness app and research


Crisis Hotline
Depression/self-harm targeted for students

Academic Support:

Study and organizational tips
Connecting movement and learning


Raising caring, ethical children
Digital citizenship and online safety

Our Favorite TED Talks: 

Stress is not the problem, it’s our THINKING about the stress
Ubuntu - interrelatedness of all people
Growth versus fixed mindset


Malu Molano
Malu Molano
Lower School

Abby Johnson
Abby Johnson
Middle School

Krista Diamond
Krista Diamond, M Ed, CAGS
Upper School
Director of Wellness

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